Dive deeper with Leanne Ford AND other celebrities with stellar home decor and design side gigs.
When we think of celebrities, it’s often on the red carpet wearing fabulous clothes with hair and makeup to match. We don’t think of them tucked in at home enjoying comfy downtime. When we do picture them there, it is likely surrounded by perfectly laid out and accessorized rooms arranged by a well-known decorator. While for some that might be true, a growing number of A-listers are getting into the home decor and furniture business as well. Some are flexing their interior design muscles by partaking in full-blown architectural projects—and not just for their own homes.
While you might not be able to afford an NYC penthouse designed by the likes of Lenny Kravitz, not all celebrity- created items are prohibitively expensive. In fact, many are mass-produced items available at popular mid-level and even budget retailers. HGTV star and interior designer Leanne Ford’s line for Crate and Barrel is a standout.
Leanne Ford’s Home Decor Collection with Crate and Barrel
Known for her affinity for white-on-white, Leanne Ford has a modern- natural yet lived-in aesthetic, which makes her collection both versatile and approachable. The extensive line (more than 100 pieces!) includes furniture, bedding, rugs, decor, and other home accents, and it made sense to Ford to collaborate with Crate and Barrel. While everything has been created for long-term use, all of the pieces are unique—think a circular bar cabinet made by artisans in Indonesia, to a black cane Ford developed with the company or a chunky three-leg coffee table. Fans of Leanne Ford’s hit show Restored by the Fords, stars alongside her brother, will recognize the highbrow-meets-homey flare that all the pieces have. To add, Ford recently starred in A Very Brady Renovation and Rock the Block.
And yes, as her signature fans know very well, there’s a lot of white in her collection—but it’s not as scary as you might think.
“Take the white sofa in this collection—it’s not some pristine sofa that’s just for looks,” says Ford. “We designed it to be a friend. It’s slouchy and relaxed, and the fabric is more life-proof than it looks. I wanted these pieces to be around forever. The more they’re lived with, the better they get.”
If you’re still feeling trepidatious about the idea of white in your home, it’s worth highlighting that Ford is a new mother, so she’s all too familiar with spills and stains.
While you’ll find plenty of design inspiration on crateandbarrel.com, which has done a beautiful job curating the collection, Ford also has a book, Work in Progress: Unconventional Thoughts on Designing an Extraordinary Life, brimming with inspiration. Co-authored with her brother, Steve Ford, it traces the duo’s upbringing and careers. Find Ford’s work featured in The New York Times and glossy publications including Architectural Digest and Elle Decor. crateandbarrel.com/leanne-ford
Celebrities with growing home decor and design empires
Keeping with her bohemian style and bubbly personal aesthetic, Drew Barrymore has a growing lifestyle brand called Flower. Its vibe includes a vibrant home collection. Find her line at Walmart under the name Drew Barrymore Flower Home. The whimsical and retro/boho-inspired line is affordably priced and full of cheery finds to brighten up home interiors. Also, this extensive collection includes both decorative pieces and small accessories as well as furniture—there’s even an adorable range of kids’ items.
Lenny Kravitz has a lot to show for his adoration for design and architecture. With the help of Andre Kikoski Architect, Kravitz, via his firm Kravitz Design, has completed the interior design of a New York City building at 75 Kenmare. Overall, the aesthetic was heavy on graphic prints, organic materials, mixed-light, dark colorways, which pop in the sunny Nolita space. At the time of print, there were still a half-dozen units left in the 38-apartment tower, including a $7.5 million penthouse. But more in keeping with what we are looking for, we are hot for the sleek bar stools and stylish pillows from the CB2 x Kravitz Design collab that’s been going strong for a few years now.
Looking for a home splurge? Track down a Pitt-Pollaro piece. Designed by Brad Pitt and crafted by Frank Pollaro, this furniture collection was worth the wait. The Certificate of Authenticity outlines all details associated with a year of creation, materials, and edition number. To conclude, there are a dozen pieces in the collection. Overall, the collection includes a bed, tables, chairs, and a marble bathtub (opposite page), all of which have an art deco vibe.
People may know the Victoria’s Secret model’s well-established beauty line, KORA Organics. What people may not know is that Miranda Kerr also has a fast-growing home line called Love. Joy. Bliss. in collaboration with Universal Furniture. Kerr’s range of home furnishings includes everything from beds, benches, chests, and dressers to upholstery, desks, accent tables, and more. Her aesthetic consist of a primarily muted color palette. Overall, the products are modern and minimalist to reflect Kerr’s clean approach to life.
Ellen DeGeneres’ growing lifestyle empire, which includes everything from clothing to baby and pet items, now also includes home items. The DeGeneres Home Collection line has a mid-century and rustic aesthetic. It includes everything from lighting and bedding to rugs, pillows, and throws. Also, there are kitchen and dining options, meaning you could literally accessorize your entire home in DeGeneres’ designs.